What Is Tadalafil?
Tadalafil is indicated to treat sexual function problems in males – either impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED). The medication can help promote sexual stimulation by increasing blood flow to the penis, which can help induce and maintain erections.
Beyond sexual function, tadalafil can also be used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, including a weak stream of urine or the urgent need to urinate frequently during the night. The drug works by relaxing the smooth muscle in the bladder and prostate.
Dosage and Side Effects of Tadalafil
The recommended starting dose of tadalafil for most patients is 10 mg, although the dose may be increased to 20 mg or decreased to 5 mg, based on the individual’s reaction.
Your doctor can prescribe tadalafil to treat ED in two different ways. You can take the medication as needed, about 30 minutes prior to planned sexual activity. The drug’s effect on sexual ability can last up to 36 hours. You can also take tadalafil once a day and be able to attempt sex at any time between doses. The once-per-day method is appropriate if you are also taking tadalafil to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. You should discuss both options with your doctor. It is important to take tadalafil exactly as prescribed.
Side effects associated with tadalafil include:
- Upset stomach
- Back and muscle pain
- Flushing of the skin
If any of these side effects are severe or do not decrease over time, you should consult your doctor. Getting up slowly after sitting or lying down can help eliminate dizziness.
Sexual activity can strain the heart, so if you have heart problems and experience any of these above side effects while having sex, you should get medical help right away. Rarely, you may experience a painful or prolonged erection that lasts more than four hours. If this happens, stop using tadalafil immediately and go to the doctor.
Which Brand Names Use Tadalafil?
Cialis is the major brand name product that includes tadalafil as the active ingredient, although Adcirca is another option. Similar to Cialis, Adcirca is indicated to treat ED, enlarged prostate and high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary arterial hypertension).
Cialis and Generic Cialis
Tadalafil is sold under the brand name of Cialis, which is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. Cialis is also expected to be available as generic tadalafil as early as September of 2018, after a patent dispute was resolved in the summer of 2017. Previously, Cialis was expected to remain brand-only until 2020.
Costs for brand name Cialis fall between $370 and $400 for 30 count 5 mg tablets, while the generic is expected to cost between $300 and 350 for the same number of pills.
Where Can I Buy Tadalafil?
Tadalafil is available through prescription over the counter or online. There are many online websites that claim to sell tadalafil without a prescription, but these drugs are often manufactured overseas. Sexual enhancement supplements claiming to contain tadalafil also tend to include other ingredients that can be harmful to your health depending on your medical conditions and the other prescriptions you take.